Cracked performance: Revenue is anticipated to fall, following a brief period of recovery

Flat glass is integral to the construction of buildings and many vehicles, and is also an important input for some appliances and furnishings. Flat glass manufacturers produce float, rolled, drawn and blown flat glass sheets that are sold to downstream industries for further fabrication or to end users in the building market. The Flat Glass Manufacturing industry is dominated by three global companies: Pilkington, Guardian Industries and Saint-Gobain Glass. Together, these three companies make approximately 81.3% of the flat glass manufactured in the United Kingdom. The high levels of capital investment needed to enter the market have prevented further competitors from entering the more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Despite the improvement in the construction sector, industry revenue is expected to fall
  • Major manufacturers have been increasing their investment in facilitiesin the European Union
  • Whilst demand is expected to grow, the UK's exit from the European Union poses a number of potential threats
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Of the six enterprises in the industry, there are three companies operating six float glass plants.The North WestPilkington operates three float plants and a small rolled glass plant, all located in Merseyside in the North West of England. St Helens is the home to the original Pilkington operations and where the float glass production method was invented and developed. From its plants in St Helens and the neighbouring Cowley Hill plant, Pilkington can easily supply much of the UK automotive manufacturing market, which is largely centred around Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, and can use good transport links to access the national building markets. Many of the downstream glass-fabricating firms are located in the North West...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from commercial building construction and Demand from residential building construction in the Flat Glass Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry?

    Firms in this industry manufacture flat glass. The majority of this is float glass, but some is rolled glass. Small amounts are drawn and blown flat glass. The industry includes the manufacture of wired, coloured and tinted glass.

    Industry Products
  • Four-millimetre float glass
  • Six-millimetre float glass
  • Other float glass
  • Rolled glass
  • Drawn and blown flat glass
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing float glass
  • Manufacturing rolled glass
  • Manufacturing plate glass
  • Manufacturing silvered glass
  • Manufacturing fire-resistant glass
  • Manufacturing tinted or coloured glass
  • Manufacturing wired glass
  • Manufacturing blown flat glass
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from commercial building construction
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Demand from motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Demand from building project development
  • Real effective exchange rate

  • Current Performance
  • A clear frontrunner
  • Prolonged problems
  • Expansion in Europe
  • EU referendum
  • Profit performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream markets
  • New trends
  • Table: Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Flat Glass Shaping & Processing
  • Commercial Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Glazing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
  • Gravel, Sand & Clay Extraction
  • Industrial Equipment Wholesaling
  • Manufacture of Refractory Products
  • Other Non-Ferrous Metal Ore Mining
  • Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities

  • Products & Services
  • Four-millimetre float glass
  • Six-millimetre float glass
  • Other float glass
  • Rolled glass
  • Drawn and blown flat glass
  • Chart: Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Flat glass shaping and processing manufacturers
  • Builders and glazing contractors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesUtilitiesWagesRoad transport servicesDepreciationRent and other operating expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Flat Glass Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd, Saint-Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Ltd, Guardian Industries UK Ltd,
  • Table: Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Saint-Gobain Glass (United Kingdom) Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Guardian Industries UK Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Flat Glass Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Pellets of raw glass or pieces of broken recycled glass that are melted to produce usable glass forms.
  • Curtain Wall
  • A wall that covers the outside of a building but performs no structural purpose. It merely separates the inside and outside of the building. Curtain walls are often made of glass.
  • Leader
  • A long rod used when producing drawn glass.
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